This summer was a busy one for our family. We made lots of memories and I think this was the best summer yet. We were fortunate enough to book some out-of-state events, so we packed up the whole family and hit the road, escaping the scorching Arizona heat. This was the longest trip the kids had been gone from home and they did awesome! Our first stop was a short one in Flagstaff where we got to see some family and attend my sister Leah’s baby shower. We then traveled on to Durango Colorado and stayed at the Durango Mountain Resort at the base of Purgatory Ski Mountain.
We enjoyed a lot of activities at the resort including the Alpine slide. It’s about a 10 minute ride to the top of the mountain and a very fast two minute ride back down! We did this multiple times and the kids really loved it. I didn’t realize how much the boys would love gold mining until after the fact. Nolan, who loves superheros, is convinced the fools gold is Kryptonite and it takes away Superman’s powers. Nathan has ziplined several times before and he really enjoyed the zipline at the resort. In the afternoons it often rained, so we stayed inside or hung out on the deck. I really loved our location at the resort. We had an end unit which gave us two decks. The master bedroom deck overlooked the resort and the alpine slide ran right next to the main deck. We saw a fox and lots of muskrats right next to the slide while hanging out on the main deck.
On another day we drove north of the resort and into the San Juan Mountains towards Silverton Colorado. It’s a small historical town that used to be a mining camp. There were lots of beautiful streams, waterfalls and lakes along the road. We stopped several times to get a closer look and grab a few shots.
Silverton Colorado above from the main roadLooking like tough cowboys!
On another day we went river rafting on the Animas River. This was the highlight of the trip for my youngest son Nolan. Absolutely no fear and such a thrill seeker! He sat in the front of the raft next to a young man who was traveling through town on his way home after having served our country in Afghanistan.
After rafting, we visited downtown Durango where the kids enjoyed the train museum and we had lunch at Steamworks Brewing Company.
When my little Nolan needed a nap, Nathan and I enjoyed exploring the forest around the resort. This was probably the highlight of the trip for him. I made sure to bring my camera on one of our walks. On one of our last days in Colorado, we stopped at Honeyville for some treats. I’m not a landscape photographer and wished I could have better captured our surroundings on this trip. It’s breath taking in person and everywhere we went was so beautiful.
When it was time to leave Colorado, we headed a few hours south to Albuquerque New Mexico to capture a wedding. My dad lives in Albuquerque so we got to spend a couple days with him before the wedding. One day we visited Explora, a hands on Children’s Science Museum.
If you made it this far, thanks for looking and reading! While we usually document our travels with home videos, we decided to capture this one with photos. To see a quick one song highlight video from our California trip earlier this summer click here. Here is a quick look at the 4th of July at home right before we left Arizona. Every year we forget how sensitive Nathan is to the loud fireworks. Funny how he’s afraid of fireworks but will ride a zipline all day. Nolan on the other hand, couldn’t contain his excitement!